The Best Roman Movies

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Movies must take place during Roman times.

This is a list of the best Roman movies. These are films that take place in ancient Rome. If you believe we've missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. What's the best Roman movie of all time? You'll quickly find that this list goes beyond just the top 10 Roman empire movies to really see which one is the best ever made.

Ancient Rome was an amazing time in world history and these classic Roman war movies capture it. It was a peak in western civilization. When the Roman Empire fell, the western world plummeted into a Dark Age that lasted for over 600 years. With its western, yet unfamiliar customs, Roman society is a gold mine for filmmakers and storytellers in general.

What's the best movie about Rome? This list included both films that take place during the Roman Republic as well as the Roman Empire. These eras, of course, have given us such icons and gladiators and their arenas, the Roman Legion, Roman emperors, and of course, the many Roman myths and legends. Suffice to say, you don't have to be a history nut to love the movies on this list that are set in Rome. Be sure to check back for new and upcoming Roman movies as they are released and added to the list and check out the best TV shows set in Ancient Rome.

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  • Gladiator
    1
    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
    2,945 votes
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
    Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor and father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the great stoical philosopher. ...more

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  • Ben-Hur
    2
    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
    550 votes
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: William Wyler
    Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes ...more

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  • Rome
    3
    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker
    1,307 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Michael Apted
    Roma is 1989 short documentary film, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, created as a part of the series “12 Directors for 12 Cities”.
  • Spartacus
    4
    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons
    1,852 votes
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
    The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the ...more

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  • I, Claudius
    5
    Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips
    298 votes
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
    I, Claudius is an unfinished 1937 film of the book I, Claudius. The abandoned project was being produced by Alexander Korda, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Charles Laughton, Emlyn ...more
  • Centurion
    6
    Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko
    1,134 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Neil Marshall
    In ancient Scotland, the Ninth Legion liberates a Roman officer named Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender) from his Pict captors. The soldiers are in pursuit of the Pict leader, and Quintus joins their ...more

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